When To Keep a Child Home
The school must rely on parental judgment and discretion in deciding whether children are ill and unable to attend school. We wish to emphasize that a child who is ill is not likely to be a very effective learner. In addition, schools can be breeding grounds for contagious infections unless parents exercise reasonable caution in monitoring the health of their children. If a child is brought to school and is unable to appropriately participate in the day’s activities, the parents will be asked to take the child home.
- Fever – a child must be free of fever and associated symptoms for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
- Rash or eye inflammation – the condition must be diagnosed by a physician prior to sending a child to school.
- Nausea or diarrhea – a child who is nauseated, has vomited or has experienced diarrhea in the last 24 hours must be kept at home for observation.
- Cold – A child who exhibits the early symptoms of a cold should be monitored at home before returning to school. Cold symptoms, especially sneezes and coughs, can easily transfer germs among children. Frequent hand washing is important at this juncture to avoid spreading colds.
- Antibiotics – A child whose doctor has prescribed antibiotics must be on the medication for a minimum of 24 hours prior to returning to school. Often, while the child is no longer contagious at this point, they are not yet prepared for the rigors of a classroom setting. Please consider your child’s and the rest of the class’s best interests when deciding when it is appropriate to re-enter school.